Cultivating a Global Team

On September 25, 2018, in Careers/Human Resources, Corporate, by mdippel

Currently, Rogers Corporation has sixteen manufacturing locations and seven additional global sales offices spanning nine countries around the world. These locations boast a workforce of more than 3,400 employees. While these numbers are notable, they only tell part of the story.

Rogers is a truly global company, where we get to interact regularly with colleagues across the world.

“Working with colleagues in different regions of the world often brings different perspectives,” says Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Developer. “These different ideas, when brought together, quite often make our final solution more effective and well thought out.”

Mike’s observation is a sentiment shared throughout the company. “My role has me interacting across multiple continents on a daily basis,” says Sheryl Long, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager. “I enjoy seeing so many people from different parts of the world and different cultures working together towards mutual goals.”

Our global manufacturing footprint means we can be responsive to customers in each region we serve. According to Steve Ubelhoer, North America Sales Director:

Local manufacturing increases options for customers. It means local production in the same time zone and often the same language for quicker answers, less transit time for materials when demand spikes, fewer worries about tariffs, taxes and customs and duplicate production capabilities for disaster recovery plans. In a world where customers are looking for suppliers to reduce their concerns, this is often a significant advantage for Rogers that our competitors cannot offer.

Not only does Rogers have a wide range of facility locations, but we also have career opportunities across numerous disciplines. From manufacturing and production to IT and finance, it takes a diverse workforce to keep Rogers moving forward. If this exciting and bustling global organization is something that you would enjoy being a part of, check out our current career opportunities.

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This entry first appeared on Rogers Corporation’s internal “Leadership Blog.” Our CEO, Bruce Hoechner, and his senior leadership team write weekly posts for Rogers’ intranet, generating many likes and comments from colleagues around the globe.

 This blog was written by Gustavo Araujo, Rogers’ Vice President of Global Supply Chain, and has been edited for external publication.

I believe that one of the most valuable programs we have at Rogers is the Thank You Awards. What I like the most about the program is that it offers a way for our employees to demonstrate their gratitude to one another for efforts that go above and beyond their day-to-day activities. It is fascinating to see the great things our employees are doing every day and, even better, seeing that their colleagues are paying attention and thanking them for their dedication. Every day I read two or three Thank You Award stories and I really enjoy them.

Express Your Gratitude- VP of Supply Chain Gustavo Araujo

This is what prompted me to write this week’s blog. The importance of gratitude not only in our workplace but in our homes, in schools, in stores, in everyday situations.

Why should anyone thank you for just doing your job? And why should you ever thank your coworkers for doing what they’re paid to do?

Since we spend most of our time at work, it’s a perfect place to practice gratitude! Human nature makes it easier to be grateful when we have good days. But I think we should practice being grateful even if we are having an “off” day. It can actually lift you to find something to be grateful for in the midst of difficulty.

I’d like to share an article that appeared in Forbes magazine written by Amy Morin, “Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude that will Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round.”

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion, the magazine of the American Psychiatric Association. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thank-you note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
  1. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
  1. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  1. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner, even when others behave less kindly, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
  1. Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
  1. Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs—a major factor in reduced self-esteem—grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
  1. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Recognizing all that you have to be thankful for —even during the worst times—fosters resilience.

So whether it’s through a Thank You Award or simply telling someone you appreciate them, let’s give gratitude a chance. Practice it and enjoy it.

Our History of Innovation

On June 13, 2018, in Corporate, Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

Paper Beginnings

Rogers Corporation was founded as a paper mill in 1832 by Dutch immigrant, Peter Rogers. Named Rogers Paper Manufacturing Company, the business was based in an old two-story powder mill in Manchester, Connecticut. It started out producing paperboard to be used in the thriving textile industry of New England. Less than a decade later, Peter Rogers’ 19-year-old son Henry inherited the business and established something that remains with Rogers to this day: a culture of innovation. Being poised to grow and lead as technology evolves is at the forefront of this culture. In 1841, Henry Rogers did it by improving paper-making techniques and methods for recycling product waste. Today, innovation is a major element of Rogers’ growth strategy, as we explore new platforms and build upon our current capabilities.

Learning and Expanding

Now an advanced materials technology market leader, we have come a long way since our paper-making days. Throughout that journey, innovation has propelled us forward. In the 1890’s, Rogers expanded into the electrical power transformer industry with the new product line of transformer insulation paperboard. The 1920’s brought on MIT graduate and technical director Saul Silverstein who spearheaded great strides in research and development. Along with that was Rogers’ first diversification into non-paper products, FIBERLOY Plastics, the first commercially produced plastics. As the years went on, our innovations continued. In 1958 we introduced PORON® technology, changing and expanding Rogers’ position and trajectory within the polyurethane market. Other examples include our foray into advanced circuit laminate materials, electroluminescent backlighting system drivers, busbars and more.

Innovation as a Strategy

Today, “Market-Driven Innovation” is core to our strategy, and we highly focus on market needs and innovation opportunities. Historically, academia and industry experts have worked separately in developing leading-edge technologies. Our Innovation Centers guide new-to-the-world technologies into useful and feasibly commercialized platforms. To do this, they combine scientific knowledge, education partnerships and industry expertise.

Right On Cue: First Innovation Center Product Brought to Market

Since opening our first Innovation Center in 2014, Rogers Corporation has been collaborating with universities and other industry leaders in the development of new technology platforms. Typically, these are technologies that are three to five years out from being market ready. And the model is working. Only four years later, we are proud to bring to market the first product borne of our Innovation Center concept: MAGTREX™ 555 High Impedance Laminates. These high impedance laminates enable antenna designers to expand the trade-space of their antenna design enabling up to a factor of six reduction in size with minimal impact on bandwidth, up to a factor of six increase in bandwidth with similar size, or a design optimum in between. Learn more about the new MAGTREX™ High Impedance Laminates here and celebrate with us this exciting accomplishment and actualization of our vision. We are proud to continue to use innovation as our motivation for growth and change.

GolfTournamentRogers Corporation is built on the core belief that we have a responsibility to our coworkers, our community, and ourselves to make health, safety, and environmental issues the key considerations in everything we do. We uphold this belief by giving back to the communities around us.

On Sunday, July 13th, the Rogers Golf Classic supporting the Special Olympics of Quinebaug Valley Connecticut was held at the Connecticut National Golf Course in Putnam, Connecticut.

The shotgun start marked Rogers Corporation’s fifth golf classic in honor of the Special Olympics. Since the golf classic’s inception in 2010, we have continuously seen an increase in participation and funds raised.

For 45 years, the Special Olympics has been providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

To participate in the Rogers Golf Classic, each golfer donated $100 and received golf, cart rental, food throughout the day, and 2 drink tickets.

Are you interested in donating to the Special Olympics? Donations can be made here.

In this video interview, we get a chance to hear some insights from our CEO, Bruce Hoechner who officially took office in January this year.  He shares where Rogers is going in the industry and what his thoughts are regarding Rogers future growth in a tough global economy.

Bruce starts by sharing where his focus has been inside the company since he took office:

  • Realignment of the sales organization with Rogers business units to get closer with our customers
  • A focus on marketing excellence around new technologies, new market demands and new applications for Rogers products.  Part of this effort includes working with R&D to put together road maps for future innovation.
  • Understanding the capabilities of Manufacturing Excellence
He then explained how the company’s external efforts are focused around  three megatrends that are shaping the world economy:
  • Internet Growth – From impact protection for handheld devices and tablets to supporting wireless infrastructures with base stations and antenna technologies
  • Clean Technology – To help support sustainability initiatives for Rogers customers with sustainable materials to innovating power-based technologies that support the development of electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles
  • Mass Transit – This includes advanced cushioning and seating solutions for high speed rail systems along with bus bars for rail traction systems

He also discussed Rogers expansion in Asia and what it means to  expand globally but operate locally…

A shout out and thanks to Bruce Hoechner for sharing his thoughts with the Pat Hindle at Microwave Journal…

Watch this video now: